Tuesday, July 29, 2008

1013

You can't imagine how excited I was for the X-Files movie. I was an X-Phile before it was cool to be an x-phile (okay, okay, it was never cool). I know everything about that show - go ahead, quiz me. I know everyone's birthdates, death dates, licence plate numbers, badge numbers - I know about every storyline, every character, ever bit of black ooze ever conceived of by Chris Carter. My email address is the production company responsible for the creation of the x-files (you always wondered about that, I'm sure).

Oh my stars was that movie bad. I refused to listen to the critics; I put my fingers in my ears, sang quietly to myself and thought "they aren't real fans, they just don't understand the complex nature of the franchise like I do, how could they like it?". Friends, I could not have been more wrong. I suppose there's no point in getting into exactly what all was terrible about this movie, but let me at least pick a few things that I found to be particularly hideous:
  1. No lone gunmen. Yeah, I know, nothing.
  2. Not even the hint of any conspiracy. That's bush league, Carter, bush league!!
  3. I knew what was going on the entire time. There wasn't a single episode where I knew what was going on the entire time, that's not the x-files!! I except to be thoroughly confused and feel slightly dumb.
  4. Skinner had a cameo? Are you kidding me? It was a pointless cameo at that, he didn't even bring anything to the table - not that he had much to work with....
  5. Scully and Mulder - they toyed with the idea of them being together brilliantly for 8 seasons.... then they got together and broke up more times in this movie than I did with my 5th grade boyfriend. Ugh.

I'll bet Krycek is somehow behind all of this....

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Boilermaker

I ran the Boilermaker this past weekend. You may recall I had some lofty goals heading into the weekend. So where to begin....

...I guess you have to begin with the beer. The Boilermaker is hosted by Saranac beer (The F.X Max Brewing Company, actually). Some races have mile markers... this race had signs that read "you're only x miles away from the beer". Nice. Also, no finishers medal, no t-shirt.... just a pint glass as a runner's gift. Again, nice. Here are some other notables, in no particular order:

  • Team Meat. I have no idea what was up with these people, but there were a whole crew of people with giant slabs of steak on their shirts - I definitely drafted off of one of them for a good mile. When I finally passed her, I wanted to let her know that she'd been towing a vegetarian, but I refrained.
  • I beat the Governor of New York.
  • The crowd was crazy; there were people drinking and grilling and otherwise rocking out... all at 8:00 am. that is one dedicated town.
  • I would like to send a personal thank you to all the homeowners who came out with garden hoses to help us on our way... mucho appreciato.
  • I would not like to thank the person who gave me the pina colada flavored popsicle around mile 6. Just kidding, it was my fault, not yours.

In the end, I didn't make my time; there was a screw up with the chips so I don't know my exact time, but it was 1:23:something. I'm okay with that.

Thanks to my parents for making the 6+ hour trip with an almost 3-year-old in tow to watch me run for less than an hour and a half. Hope the free beer afterward was worth it. You're champs!